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Apr 11, 2014 - Barcelona. Jordan
Barcelona At Barcelona my favourite part would have to be going to las arenes/the arena is a big shopping centre in the sky well kinda there's a sky level at the fifth level. The arena used to be a bull riding arena it stop being a bull riding arena in 1970s. By JordanJump to full entry
Apr 11, 2014 - More of beautiful Barcelona.
We spent 3 days exploring Barcelona walking around and travelling on the tourist bus. We visited Sagrada Familia, the massive cathedral designed by Gaudi and partly built during his life. It is till being built now, 120 years after it began. It is a very interesting design with many weird additions to it, like the fruit at the top do each spire. We also saw two other Gaudi designed places, the Guell Park and the Casa Batllo. Guell Park was great to visit, perched high on the hill above Barcelona. Again some fantastically weird designs...Jump to full entry
Apr 11, 2014 - More pics of Barcelona
We went shopping(on Olivia's insistence) to the Placa Espanya to the Arena. This building was the Arena of Barcelona and the main bull fighting arena in the city till the 1970's. You can go up the top and get a great view of the city. We also had lunch up the top after a gruelling shopping expedition with Olivia.Jump to full entry
Apr 8, 2014 - Beautiful Barcelona
We arrived in Barcelona yesterday morning after our ling flight. I think we all managed ok on the flight. After arriving at our accommodation in Poble Sec right in the heart of the city, we headed out for some fresh air and a walk around the area, while we coped with jet lag. Stopped in for hot chocolate and coffee at the cafe. And walked down our street to the Marina, which was a surprise to find. We don't have wifi at our accommodation so it's short blog entries wherever we find free wi fi. I'll try to add a couple of pics of around the...Jump to full entry
Apr 3, 2014 - Day 4 - "Play 'Freebird'!"
This is our last day in Barcelona. It's clear to me now that four nights and three full days wasn't enough. You could spend a week here. But then we would have to spend less time in other parts of Spain, and that's not a desirable outcome. So we've got to squeeze in all the sights we most want to see in this one day, and do it by 9:00 PM tonight. Yesterday, while exploring La Rambla, we stumbled upon the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Pi. We also discovered that tonight, the Cathedral is hosting a solo concert by a Spanish guitar virtuoso (a...Jump to full entry
If Monday was Gaudi day for us in Barcelona, then Tuesday was La Rambla day. We spent most of the day walking through the enormous series of shopping streets and bazaars that make up what is called La Rambla. Earlier, I mentioned that La Rambla may be analogous to Paris' Champs-Elysee. But I was way off with that analogy. The fact is, La Rambla is bigger, more sprawling, and more interesting than the Champs-Elysee, which I have visited twice and failed to be impressed either time. The only thing that might possibly make me want to visit the...Jump to full entry
Apr 1, 2014 - Day 2 - It's Gaudi's city. Everyone else just lives here
It's hard to think of a city anywhere in the world where one single architect had as much an impact on the city's identity as Antoni Gaudi did with Barcelona. Every signature building in Barcelona and many of the top tourist draws in Barcelona were designed by Gaudi. And what's more striking is that these signature edifices don't really blend in with the city's architectural styles in any way. They stick out like the proverbial sore thumbs. But it's hard to deny that the reason that Barcelona is the major European city it is today, rather...Jump to full entry
Mar 30, 2014 - Day 1 - "Sorry, Squidward"
We have four nights in Barcelona. We have four because I knew that the first day, the day we arrived from 15+ hours of air travel, would be a bust as far as seeing the city, and it was. It must have been close to 4 by the time we checked into our hotel, and we just wanted to rest. They say this is a bad thing when you're trying to fight jet lag, but it's worked well for us. We wanted to be able to rest a little so we could go out afterwards, have dinner, and walk around. And that's exactly what we did. We went to what turned out to be a...Jump to full entry
Mar 13, 2014 - Cathedral, Alcazar and Archivo de Indias in Seville
Today I am exploring the Cathedral, Alcazar and Archivo de Indias, these three buildings form together to form a remarkable monumental complex in the heart of Seville. Both the Cathedral and Alazar date back from the Reconquest of 1248 and to the 16th century. These buildings indicate the the Spanish "Golden Age." They have Gothic and Renaissance styles throughout the buildings. It is very pretty, I have never seen anything like it before! I have taken so many beautiful pictures, this place is one i will never forget! After my awesome...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2014 - Hiking
Today I am up bright and early and the sunrise was absolutely beautiful! I have never seen anything like it! I am going on a hike today in the beautiful mountains, there is tons of birds and other animals. The trees here are very different, they are nothing like they are back home. I have seen many things so far such as flowers, birds, and fish. This has been a great day! I am now back at my hotel grabbing a bite to eat, I am going to bed early tonight because tomorrow I have to get up bright and early to go visit some more historic cites...Jump to full entry
Mar 11, 2014 - The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe
Have you ever wanted to explore a Monastery with Spanish religious architecture? Well today you are going to be able to! This monastery symbolizes two significant events in world history that occurred in 1492: the Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula by the Catholic Kings and Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Its famous statue of the Virgin became a powerful symbol of the Christianization of much of the New World. This place is absolutely stunning! Now that I have explored the beautiful Monastery I am now going back to my...Jump to full entry
Mar 10, 2014 - Cordoba
Well i am up bright and early this morning and ready to get going! Today I will be exploring the magnificent Historic Centre of Cordoba. It seems very interesting and very pretty. I can't wait to learn more about this historic site! Cordoba is defined by two geographical features: The mountains of the Sierra Morena, with their mineral wealth, and Guadalquivir, which skirts and then cuts through them. Cordoba's period of greatest glory began in the 8th century after the Moorish conquest, when some 300 mosques and innumerable palaces and...Jump to full entry